Sidney Poitier started it all
On January 8, 2017, the new year really began when we recognized the excellence of actors, directors, and production crews in film and television at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. While the Golden Globes were one of the earliest glamorous Hollywood award shows to recognize people of color, the diversity in Hollywood is still lacking complete equality. Let’s take a trip back through Black Hollywood to see who has been awarded with a Golden Globe for their outstanding work.
Famed actor Sidney Poitier was the first black person to be nominated for an award at the Golden Globes in 1959, and he was nominated for many awards over the next years for his dramatic roles which have become legendary in film history.
In 1964, he won for Best Actor in a Drama for Lilies in the Field which was the first award given to a black person at the Golden Globes. He’s one of three black men to have won this award.
Actress Dorothy Dandridge was the first black woman nominated for a Golden Globe; she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in 1960 for Porgy & Bess. She didn’t win, and the only black woman to win this category was Angela Bassett for What’s Love Got to Do With It?, a biopic about the life of Tina Turner.
The 1960s was a time when America was in a state of flux. Civil rights supporters were campaigning in the streets for equal rights while bigots tried to hold them back from freedom.
There weren’t many blacks actors nominated for awards during this time except for Claudia McNeil, Ossie Davis, Juanita Moore, Beah Richards, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Bill Cosby. Only Diahann won her award.